Recruiting: Academy Coach


Tunbridge Wells RFC is a community rugby club playing rugby in the london & South-East Premier division (level 5)l. Home games are played at St Marks off Frant Road on the Kent/Sussex border. The Junior section is the bedrock of the club with over 750 registered youth players from Under 6s to Under 18s.

Tunbridge Wells RFC strives for the highest standard of youth coaching. We are an RFU accredited club, and are subscribed to the RFU Kids First initiative to put children at the heart of everything we do. Tunbridge Wells RFC champions sport for players of all age, gender, diversity and ability, enabling them to play to the best of their abilities.

The Academy:

The club is committed to discovering and developing promising talent in English rugby and creating a pathway for players of all abilities to progress into the senior game. Our academy is non-selective and provides player-centric coaching and development, for players as they transition from adolescent to adult and as they progress from age-grade to senior rugby.

We are recruiting for a head-coach for the academy; which will be able to inspire and engage with the players development.  Applicants will need to demonstrate the highest standards of coaching, professional, managerial and personal attributes.

The successful applicant will lead the Academy programme; supported by a team of volunteers including: assistant coaches; team manager; strength and conditioning coaches; and analysts.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Tunbridge Wells Academy coaching programme & ensure the delivery of excellent first-class coaching throughout the Academy.
  • Assist the club executive in creating a vision that establishes Tunbridge Wells RFC academy as one of the leading player development pathways.
  • Take the lead role in in the decision-making process with matters relating to the academy; including session/season structure; player progression, player retention; team selection and all other matters relating to Academy players.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of coaches and other volunteers to deliver a great academy experience for the players involved.
  • Establish and support personal development plans and objectives for academy players.
  • Actively participate in networking opportunities, events, open days and other recruitment, scouting and publicity activities as necessary.


  • Experience of development and performance coaching 
  • Experience of managing staff from different disciplines
  • Knowledge and understanding of player pathways 
  • Level 2 Coaching Certificate (or working towards)
  • Full UK driving license 
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain and present information clearly
  • Innovative
  • Able to both lead and be part of a team
  • Self-Motivated
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Strong work ethic


  • Experience of working at all levels of the professional game
  • Recent and relevant experience of coaching Academy players 
  • Level 3 Coaching Certificate (or working towards)


Competitive and dependent upon experience


Tunbridge Wells

Contract type:

Part Time – 5-6 hours per week.

The role requires the candidate to be available to plan and delivery training mid-week; and Sunday mornings. Ideally the candidate will also be available to support both home and away fixtures on Sunday mornings.

Our preference is to have a single lead academy coach; however to secure the right candidate(s) we are open to exploring flexible options.

Recruitment Process:

Please email a CV and optionally a covering letter to:

One comment

  1. Just seen your advert on your website for the Academy Head Coach role but can’t see a date on it. Is this a current advert for 2024/25 season or an old one.

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